CIE Seminar Series 2016 – Marine life in the Plasticene era

Qamar SchuylerSPEAKER: Dr Qamar Schuyler, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Moreton Bay Research Station, University of Queensland

DATE: Friday, 3rd June 2016
LOCATION: Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.01 (Alfred Deakin LT)
TIME: 1:30pm
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood – Room located within the Burwood City Centre and Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, Room ka4.207 (green room)

ABSTRACT: Marine debris is now among one of the most pressing environmental concerns of the 21st century. An estimated 4-12 million tons of debris enters the ocean annually, and nearly 700 species of animals are recorded to have interacted with this debris.

I will outline what we know about debris and what still remains unknown, and describe my research into the impacts of debris on sea turtles and sea birds at both local and global scales.

BIO: Dr. Qamar Schuyler is originally from the United States, where she received a BA in Marine biology and an MSc in Environmental Science, before migrating to Australia where she received her PhD from the University of Queensland in 2014.

In between educational endeavours, she worked in coral reef outreach and education in the Northern Mariana Islands, lived on a coral reef research vessel sailing through Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and led the research efforts of a live aboard dive vessel out of Port Douglas.

Dr. Schuyler recently completed a 2 year ARC Postdoctoral research fellowship with the University of Queensland, and is currently working as a quantitative ecologist with colleagues at CSIRO. Dr. Schuyler’s primary research interests are on the distribution of marine debris and its impacts to wildlife.

Appointments with guest speaker may be made via Graeme Hays.

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